Propertius and Livy

Classical Quarterly 48 (02):568-569 (1998)
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Towards the start of the elegy which prefaces his third book, Propertius rejects lengthy, martial epic in favour of slender poetry : it is on account of the latter that fame elevates him above the earth, his Muse triumphant ; accompanying him in the triumphal chariot are his Amores , and following the wheels is a crowd of writers . The latter, in the race for glory, rival the poet to no purpose . Many writers will praise Rome and sing of future conquests , but Propertius’ pages, a special delivery from the Muses' mount, are the perfect peace-time reading



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